Frameworks are the new black
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Frameworks are one of the biggest things in computer programming right now. Nisarg Shah explains why you should think of frameworks as the latest phase of evolution in programming languages.
The field of programming has undergone some substantial changes in the past two decades. Programmers used to spend a lot of time on perfecting their syntax and code structure. Writing code from scratch with perfect syntax was a major component in determining a programmer’s skill. Twenty years later, that approach has disappeared. The onset of a few simple and effective standards has made brainstorming over code structure and syntax almost obsolete. These standards have crystallized into software frameworks that allow developers creating a robust application with less code and more flexibility.
The evolution of frameworks
As the well-accepted standards of coding syntax and structure continued to replace the need for writing codes from the scratch, frameworks became an inevitable solution. The differences between written code syntax and structure are no longer an issue as almost all the programmers are following a few well-accepted standards of coding.
Moreover, there are some helpful cross compilers that can help mitigating the differences between preferred ways of coding. So even the difference between coding structure and syntax is now taken care of by the latest tools and accepted standards. Coding evolved from using one’s own preferred syntax to achieving the same results with industry-ready tools and well accepted standards. Frameworks can be deployed quickly without needing to write the entire code of your program from the scratch.
But how could frameworks really replace the needs of programming individual code from scratch? The following reasons might be why:
- Frameworks typically allow developers ease of integrating functionalities without writing much code.
- Frameworks help to circumvent the need ofcool spending time and energy on code structure and syntax.
- Thanks to frameworks, developers need to write less code without compromising on the application functionalities
- Frameworks boost the efficiency in the development process and minimize the time to deployment for any software applications.
- Frameworks allow more customization without requiring writing application code from the scratch level.
In spite of the wide-ranging benefits of frameworks for application and software development, they have not been considered as a replacement for programming languages thus far. But in this new context, we are beginning to consider software frameworks as a replacement for programming languages as the building blocks of modern web and web based applications.
Can frameworks be truly regarded as new programming languages? Is this new qualitative gradation justified to software frameworks? Here are some of the most important programming trends that support this idea that frameworks can be considered new programming languages.
Coding is practically effortless with compilers
Older developers might remember a time where they needed to put tremendous effort and knowledge about a programming language in order to get the most out of written code. That time is long gone. These days, automation takes care of the basic job of stringing together the necessary codes for series of actions and functionalities. Even if there is any wrong statement written inside the code structure, the compiler will remove it automatically and keep only what is necessary. Developers no longer need to worry about ensuring regular functionalities and output from the code. Handling faults and perfecting the code structure can now be nicely handled by cool compiler tools.
Coding is mostly about putting together APIs
Most application code these days is about putting together multiple APIs. Other than a little bit of formatting here and there between APIs, it is mostly about stringing together the APIs in a series to achieve the expected performance and functional output. In fact, it’s mostly like stringing together a thread consisting of several APIs.
This is why questions concerning the behavior of APIs are more important than code syntax and structure. The developers need to consider the output and effective sections of particular APIs. They also need to take into account the acceptance of the target algorithm for the used APIs.
Frameworks are dependable
Obviously, to write a program in your own preferred language using Java or PHP it may take a lot longer than something ready and reliable in hand. On the other hand, a well-known framework can just allow you doing the whole thing as fast as possible while enjoying the fruit of the huge effort that made the framework a reality.
You can consider rewriting your own code from the scratch to be more fruitful to avoid the accepted ‘bad’ elements of a framework, but perfecting your own code and ensuring the optimum output may actually take longer. This is why, in a world where time to market and deploy is crucial for any application, strong and reputed frameworks with established following are the way to go.
Frameworks help you skip past algorithms
A framework is made to deal with the algorithms. Investing time in redefining and re-implementing the entire algorithm can be risky to your application performance. By tweaking the code, you can manipulate the response of a framework to some extent. However, any mistake in the process can make your application suffer. Instead of tweaking with the inbuilt algorithm, you should learn using the framework to the best of your advantage.
The rise of visual programming
Code written by the programmers is mostly text. But the latest GUI development is showing how adding visual tools can be a part of programming. The available UI widgets allow you to add, drag, and drop desired widgets into the code syntax and program the application. This is one indication of the decreasing role of programming languages and increasing reliance on ready-one-hand tools like widgets and frameworks.
In conclusion, while coding can involve occasional mistakes in keystrokes, frameworks can easily get past such mistakes and help the developers ensure glitch free output without any errors or issues. Coding is becoming even more effortless and increasingly driven by automation thanks to these sophisticated frameworks.
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